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Federal Eye: November 8, 2009 - November 14, 2009

Johnson taking flight from DOT to FAA

Department of Transportation Press Secretary Sasha Johnson is moving on (or taking flight?) to the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday. Johnson will serve as the agency's assistant administrator for communications and is "incredibly excited about the opportunity," she said in...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 14, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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Veterans employees in the federal government

As Veterans Day week comes to a close, here's one final look at veterans employment in the government, according to figures released Thursday by the Office of Personnel Management. The percentage of vets in the federal government basically remained flat...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 13, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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Incorrect long-term care info mailed to gov't workers

Letters sent to tens of thousands of employees in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program contained errors in calculating potential premiums, the Office of Personnel Management announced Friday. The errors mean enrollees now have until March 15, 2010 to...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 13, 2009; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Eye Opener: Nov. 13, 2009

Happy Friday! Follow The Federal Eye on Twitter and submit your news tips here. In the news... • Cabinet and Staff News: White House Counsel Gregory Craig on the outs. Condoleezza Rice and Stephen Hadley launch the RiceHadley Group....

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 13, 2009; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Who's touring Asia with Obama

President Obama left Thursday for Asia -- but he isn't the only government official headed there. Several Cabinet secretaries and other top administration officials will be along for at least part of the ride. The president is scheduled to arrive...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 12, 2009; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Duckworth, crewmates, mark her 'alive day'

Tammy Duckworth, assistant secretary of veterans affairs, lost both legs while serving in Iraq in 2004. (Pierre Kattar/Post) Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth and 22 former military crewmates watched as President Obama departed the White House Thursday morning...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 12, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Eye Opener: How the stimulus will hurt states

Happy Thursday! Here's a report worth a moment of your time: At least nine states could soon face economic and fiscal hardship nearly as daunting as California, according to a Pew Center on the States report released Wednesday. Though...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 12, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye Opener, Tracking the Stimulus  
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Unemployment among young veterans

By The Post's Frank Ahrens in his blog, The Ticker: The first thing we need to do is try to get a handle on unemployment among veterans. The Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) breaks down joblessness among veterans...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 11, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Repeal of 'don't ask don't tell' next year?

By Ed O'Keefe and Paul Kane Updated 5:35 p.m. ET Congress will move next year to repeal the military's "don't ask don't tell" policy that prohibits openly gay people from serving in uniform, according to a Democratic lawmaker. Rep. Barney...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 11, 2009; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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HUD threatens to cut off D.C. AIDS funding

The Post's Debbie Cenziper reports: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, worried about widespread lapses in oversight of the District's AIDS program, is threatening to cut off $12.2 million in federal funding next year if the problems are...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 11, 2009; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tammy Duckworth on her new role

The Eye profiles Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth -- an Iraq veteran and double amputee -- in Wednesday's Post, noting that she "has moved from the battlefields of Iraq to the halls of power in Washington, becoming part...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 11, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Video Report  
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One year of The Federal Eye!

Most importantly, November 11 is Veterans Day, but it's also the one-year anniversary of The Federal Eye's launch, which came as Washington shifted focus from the 2008 presidential campaign to the Bush-Obama presidential transition. Much has happened in the last...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 11, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Eye Opener: Veterans Day 2009

Happy Wednesday! There are roughly 24 million military veterans alive today, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Of those, roughly 1.5 million have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thirty-three percent of all living veterans served during the Vietnam...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 11, 2009; 5:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Shah to be named head of USAID

The Post's Al Kamen and Mary Beth Sheridan report: Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education and Economics Rajiv Shah, is going to be named to head the Agency for International Development, sources familiar with the choice said Tuesday. Shah,...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 10, 2009; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Agencies and Departments, Revolving Door  
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TSA nominee was censured over records check

Updated 4:01 p.m. ET President Obama's nominee to lead the nation's airport security officers received a censure from the FBI in 1988 after asking a San Diego police officer to run a background check on his ex-wife's boyfriend. Obama tapped...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 10, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Administration, Confirmation Hearings, Revolving Door  
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VA pays tribute to employees from Fort Hood

The Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday paid tribute to two employees who were among those killed during last Thursday's shootings at Fort Hood, and a third who was injured. All three employees were preparing to deploy overseas as uniformed...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 10, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eye Opener: Is EPA silencing Obama critics?

Updated 4:44 p.m. ET Happy Tuesday! The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered two agency attorneys to remove a YouTube video they produced that criticizes climate change legislation backed by the Obama administration. Laurie Williams and Allan Zabel, who are...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 10, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Navy Secretary Mabus to appear on 'NCIS'

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus (seated, left) appears in an upcoming episode of CBS's "NCIS" (Photo courtesy of CBS Broadcasting.) Navy Secretary Ray Mabus will appear on an upcoming episode of the CBS drama "NCIS," the network announced Monday. Mabus...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 9, 2009; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama signs order on veterans employment

Updated 4:48 p.m. ET President Obama signed an executive order on Monday establishing veterans employment offices at most federal agencies. The order comes just two days before Veterans Day and one day before the launch of a new $1 million...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 9, 2009; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Eye Opener: Making political 'burrowing' harder

Happy Monday! It may soon get much harder for political appointees to "burrow" into their agencies at any time -- not just during presidential election years. Currently agencies must only seek permission from the Office of Personnel Management to...

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 9, 2009; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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